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I suspect that was in a section relating to saltwater applications. We'll see what ReelMech has to say, but I have never heard of that advice for any reel used in freshwater. Wiping a reel down, cleaning and lubricating exterior points is all I do in terms of maintance on a day to day basis.

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RW is right that section of the manual would be if your using the reel in a salty environment and I think that is a long walk for you being from Oklahoma... ;)

The only thing you would have to worry about is the red dirt build up from your area. So you will be doing General Maintenance. (One thing to remember is that if you are going to add any oil to the bearing packs or shims to remove the old oils first).. ;)

Also remember to have the reel serviced annually (after the first full season) to keep it in maximum operating condition..

Good luck with your new reel.

Tight Lines!!

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Here is what to do

Go on any one of ReelMech's posts and click on

Servicing - Daiwa ~ Shimano ~ Garica ~ Quantum

BassResource.com members 15% discount on reel service here..

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DG Rod Works

Fill out the form and ship it to him.  Its that easy.   ;)  He fixes them and ships them back.  

Cant beat simple. 8-)  

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Here is what to do

Go on any one of ReelMech's posts and click on

Servicing - Daiwa ~ Shimano ~ Garica ~ Quantum

BassResource.com members 15% discount on reel service here..

~ ~ ~

DG Rod Works

Fill out the form and ship it to him.  Its that easy.   ;)  He fixes them and ships them back.  

Cant beat simple. 8-)  

I'll definately do that.  ;) Thanks!

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nboucher,

Yes I do spinning reels, all the info is on the discount pages linked in my signature.

Hula Popper,

Your reel should have come with a tube of Garica's oil in the box. If not you should be able as Lightninrod suggest get some at the local shop. But I would stay away from Hot Sauce.

If you can't get some locally then try on-line....

Tight Lines!!!

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If you have never disassembled a reel don 't start now unless you really want to do it, those teeny tiny springs have more flying capabilities than the space shuttle, those teeny tiny clips that hold componets together have the nasty habit of "dissapearing" and apparently they posses some sort of sticking propeties that make them stick to anything. Better have it done by a pro like RM.

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Me too. What's wrong with Hot Sauce? I have 5 PT reels, two spinning and three baitcast, that are all scheduled for cleaning this winter. I did not do it last winter. Just got busy and ran out of time before the fishing season started. I need to tear them down this year. I don't normally go more than one year between cleanings. These reels come from the factory with Hot Sauce. I ordered some Hot Sauce, grease and oil, as part of a larger order, and was thinking of using it on all my reels. You know, keep the inventory down, make life simpler, etc. So, what's wrong with it?. Does it break down, gum up when cold, endanger unendangered species, cause high blood pressure, or ??. Or is it just the messy part you don't like? I've used it once. I bought a PT with 4;1 gears, thinking I would like it for crankbaits. Wrong! I ordered 6.3:1 gears and installed them recently. Got the HotSauce all over me while relubing the gears. My fingernails looked like I'd been playing mechanic.

I know the Tackle Tour guys think highly of it. But they think highly of everything.

So, do I need to rethink my options on lubes?

RM, I'll trust your take on this subject, you being the professional. Just like to know the reasons.

Thanks in advance,

GK

Hula Popper, send you reels to the pro. He'll even give you a discount, just for being a member here.The first time I tried to clean one my own, the whole thing ended up in a ziplock bag while I waited, first for a schematic from Shimano, and then for the parts I lost when it came apart. I do all my own now, but I had to learn a couple of expensive lessons along the way. I have a few reels that are basically junk because I either screwed "em up or lost parts that can't be replaced.

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Lets see if I can answer all the questions at one time here.

Chris at Tech,

What's wrong with Hot Sauce?
I am not going to get into this again. Do a search of the archives and you will find my take on it. I don't and won't use it on any reels I service Quantum's included.

DEISWERTH,

why don't you do cleaning on certian types of reels like the pflueger president spinning reels? I don't mean repair work, but cleaning and lube?
Because they are proprietary reels meaning that only factory service centers can get the schematics for them. I will not do any (Cleaning or Repair) on reels that I cannot get a schematic for. For the reasons that Raul pointed out. Many of the springs, and e-clips, have a mind of their own and if I lose one I have no way of getting a part number for them so that I could replace not only those parts, but any part that would need replaced......

BucketmouthAngler13,

I have a low profile Browning BC reel and a Okuma spinner reel.

On the site it says you do not service "BPS brand or signature re-brands". Does this mean you cant service my Browning?  

And you can service Okumas also, right?

When Browning was licensed by Quantum yes. Browning reels are serviced by Outdoor World Rod & Reel Repair I believe BPS is the new licensee, again a proprietary reel. As for Okuma again another reel that I cannot get the schematics for.

ghoti,

Your right it is messy. IMPO all it is good for is dyeing the parts it touches. I have been using the same reel oil and greases since 1985, and I get them from the same manufacturer as Shimano does. They have never failed me, and I'm not going to change now. I did however do a dunk test between the Hot Sauce, and the oils and grease that I use, and the Hot Sauce failed miserably. But that's as far as I will go with that...

I hope this explains why I list the reel manufacturers that I service...

Tight Lines All!!!  

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Thanks RM. If the hot sauce failed a dunk test, I don't need it. Not that I dunk my reels on a regular basis, but it happens.

Anybody wanna buy some hot sauce?? Just kidding. I'll find some other use for it.

RM, can I buy the oil and grease from you? How about the Rocket Fuel oils. Any experience with those.

Thanks again, You are one of the reasons I keep coming back here.

Cheers,

GK

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I use WD-40 on the exterior of my reels to wipe them down.

I use the red daiwa "spool lube" for the spool bearings.

I send them to reel mech for an annual cleaning

They all work perfectly.

My only question at this point is that I'm getting low on the red daiwa spool lube that comes with the reels.

I want something comparable that is relatively easy to get.  

Recommendations?

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$7 bucks per vial Avid, available at JapanTackle.....only problem I see is you have to pay about 15 dollars in shipping.  ;D

But how about purchasing other stuff with Jun and order a few vials in the process ?

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ghoti,

RM, can I buy the oil and grease from you? How about the Rocket Fuel oils. Any experience with those.
Yes.... As for the TG Rocket Fuels, IMPO they are great for the imported TG Ceramic bearing packs. For stock Stainless Steel bearing packs I personally think your wasting money at $9.00 a bottel..

avid,

My only question at this point is that I'm getting low on the red daiwa spool lube that comes with the reels.

I want something comparable that is relatively easy to get.  

Recommendations?

I can't even get Daiwa's new red oil carded. I think I still have one of the older carded Space-Age oilers down stairs I'll check and let you know... I think the new red is the same stuff only colored.

Tight Lines All!!!

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You send it to ReelMech!

He does a great job at a fair price and you get a 15% discount!

This is what I do too. Every one of my reels that he worked on performed better than brand new.

I also get my oil and grease from him.....I can't find another lubricant with a better warranty.

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